The Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department has received a $100,000 donation from the Mountain Ambulance and Healthcare Foundation for the startup of a 24-hour Emergency Medical Services Station on Beech Mountain.

High Country Press reports in July, the Beech Mountain Town Council identified the need for the additional service, and voted to pursue the establishment of an EMS Station.

According to the report, the Mountain Ambulance and Healthcare Foundation spearheaded the first joint EMS Station located at the base of Beech Mountain in 2001.

Town Manager Robert Pudney said the number of families that are full-time residents on the mountain has nearly doubled in just a few years, and it’s experiencing record-breaking visitors year-round, and needs to keep pace with growth.